New Poll: Invest More in Children, Youth and Our Future

A new poll finds overwhelming support for increasing investments in services that support children’s health, nutrition and well-being. Support for programs that prevent child abuse, hunger, and poverty prove to be especially compelling among the population as a whole.strongchildren_1

The national public opinion poll by the Children’s Leadership Council found strong support for increasing funding for effective programs that improve the lives of children and youth from birth to adulthood. Both parents and non-parents overwhelmingly agree that there is a role for government in supporting families and that children would be better off if government did more to ensure that education, child care, nutrition, and healthcare were more affordable.

Across all demographic groups, 63 percent of adults (over age 18) and an overwhelming 74 percent of Millennials (ages 18 to 34) favor investing more in programs that support children’s education, healthcare and nutrition.

The Children’s Leadership Council (CLC)—a coalition of nearly 60 of the nation’s leading child and youth advocacy organizations, commissioned the poll which used telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of over 2,000 Americans age 18 and older, including 595 parents of children under age 18, across the country. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percent.